Joanna Lumley has confirmed that her Absolutely Fabulous alter ego Patsy Stone is transgender.
“You go back and pick through it, the amount of gay references and ease with which it’s been put into the story, without it being dragged along like a great log of plot,” Joanna explained in an interview with V Magazine.
“It’s really normal that one of [Edina’s] ex-husbands now lives with his young boyfriend. It’s completely normal that [Edina] wants Saffy to be a lesbian or that [Edina’s son] Serge is gay and living in New York… It’s completely normal that Patsy is transgender.”
Series creator Jennifer Saunders also told V Magazine that they’d tried to make the show as offensive as possible but it had the exact opposite effect, instead appealing to its gay fanbase.
“We tried very hard but [gay people] refused to be offended, and I admire them for that. Thank God you’re hanging on in there,” she said.
The duo are preparing to release the long-awaited Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, opening in Australian cinemas on August 4, but Jennifer says not to expect any more seasons of the TV show.
“Honestly, I’ve got this feeling [Ab Fab] could be done. I don’t think there’s any juice left,” she said.
“You can’t be rude about stuff anymore. Everyone’s so f–king sensitive about everything now.”
Watch the trailer for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie below: